Skin Deep (Guest Post by Irene Roth)
March 10, 2011 in Book Club Possibility, Diersch Sandra, Helping Girls and Women Around the World, High School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Young Adult Novels Tags: Irene Roth Guest Blogger, self-esteem books, young adult books
Skin Deep is a sincere examination of a teenager’s struggle to come to terms with her mother’s mortality while struggling with her own ideas of beauty. It is a wonderfully transforming book about an adolescent girl, Cori, whose life gets turned upside down because of her mother’s sudden diagnosis of breast cancer.
Before Cori became aware of her mother’s diagnosis, she had the same plans and ambitions as any other adolescent going into the summer holidays. Cori was looking forward to endless free days to do as she pleased, with no classes, homework or other responsibilities. She just wanted to spend more time with Romi, her best friend. However, none of this was going to transpire.
Cori’s summer was anything but tranquil. She had to help her mother to cope with the surgery, and to remain strong during all of the difficult times. She had to help around the house after her mother’s surgery and treatments. Nothing was predictable. But the experience couldn’t come at a worse time for Cori.
This novel is heartbreaking, yet inspirational at the same time. It shows how we could all survive difficult experiences and grow as a result. And sometimes, a negative experience such as this can actually help adolescent girls to learn more about breast cancer and that appearances are not the only mark of beauty.
I would recommend this book to any adolescent girl who is already struggling with her own difficulties of beauty and self-acceptance. It is definitely an eye-opening book.
Irene S. Roth is a freelance writer for kids and teens. She has more than 200 published e-zine articles and 300 book reviews in different genres from adolescent and kids books to academic books. She is a reviewer for Blogcritics, Stories for Children Magazine, Booksneeze, Tyndale Publishers, Voice in the Dark, and Humane Medicine Internationa. For more information about adolescent health, self-esteem and self-confidence, please visit her website at: http://adolescentgirlsblog.wordpress.com.